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“HELP IS HERE EXPRESS” PRESCRIPTION BUS TOUR COMES TO OREGON AUGUST 28 TO AUGUST 30

Needy Oregonians who have limited access to prescription medications are invited next week to jump on board the "Help is Here Express," a traveling education center making its way across the country to raise awareness and educate the public about patient assistance programs. The bus is a part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance
"HELP IS HERE EXPRESS" PRESCRIPTION BUS TOUR COMES TO OREGON AUGUST 28 TO AUGUST 30

'Help is Here Express' in Oregon to Help Educate People about Patient Assistance Programs; More than 2.5 Million Nationally Already Benefiting From Program

Portland, Ore. - Needy Oregonians who have limited access to prescription medications are invited next week to jump on board the "Help is Here Express," a traveling education center making its way across the country to raise awareness and educate the public about patient assistance programs. The bus is a part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a growing national program to help patients access prescription medicines. The "Help is Here Express" will make stops in Gresham, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Albany, Corvallis, Springfield and Cottage Grove from August 28 to August 30.

The "Help is Here Express" is making a stop in these Oregon cities to offer help to anyone who is having trouble affording their prescription medicine. Patients attending should bring a list of their current medications. Since its launch in April 2005, the program -- sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies working with doctors, pharmacists, health care providers and community groups -- has helped more than 2.5 million patients nationally, and over 34,000 right here in Oregon.

"The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is changing thousands of lives everyday," said PhRMA President and CEO Billy Tauzin. "No one's helped by a medicine that sits on the shelf and is out of reach financially. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is matching the people of Oregon who are uninsured or underinsured, to patient assistance programs that may help them get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. We will keep coming back to Oregon as long as there are people who need our help."

Through its toll-free number (1-888-4PPA-NOW) and user-friendly web site (www.pparx.org), the Partnership for Prescription Assistance is the only program that provides a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. The "Help Is Here Express" is equipped with computer terminals and phones to make it easy for patients to learn about the assistance programs onsite.

More than 70 national groups, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, Easter Seals, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, National Urban League, United Way of America, as well as a fast-growing list of state and local organizations, are working with America's pharmaceutical companies to spread the word about the program.

"The 'Help is Here Express' is an innovative way to increase awareness of a program that can benefit the millions of people who cannot afford their prescription medicines. I encourage anyone who is having trouble paying for their medicines to call the toll-free number and find out if you may qualify for one of the hundreds of assistance programs offered by the Partnership for Prescription Assistance," said Sue Sumpter, R.N. of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Oregon and Southwest Washington.
To find out if there are patient assistance programs that may meet their needs, patients should call toll-free 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) to speak with a trained specialist, visit www.pparx.org, or visit one of the following Oregon "Help is Here Express" events:

Gresham:
Monday, August 28
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Gresham Family Practice
501 NE Hood, Gresham, Ore.
The bus will be in the parking lot.

Beaverton:
Monday, August 28
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Beaverton City Library
12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, Ore.
The bus will be in the west parking lot across from library -off Hall Street.

Hillsboro:
Monday, August 28
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuality Health Education Center
334 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, Ore.
The bus will be in the parking lot -across from Tuality Community Hospital.

Albany:
Tuesday, August 29
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Albany Public Library -Main (across the street)
2450 14th Avenue SE, Albany, Ore.
The bus will be in the parking lot across from the library -off Waverly Drive.

Corvallis:
Tuesday, August 29
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
United Way of Benton County
104 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis, Ore.
The bus will be in the parking lot next door.

Springfield:
Wednesday, August 30
10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Springfield Family Physicians
2280 Marcola Road, Springfield, Ore.
The bus will be in the parking lot.

Cottage Grove:
Wednesday, August 30
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Cottage Grove Library and Community Center
700 E. Gibbs Avenue, Cottage Grove, Ore.
The bus will be in the parking lot.


Call today 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) or visit www.pparx.org

homepage: homepage: http://www.pparxor.org